On 23 March 2017, the President of the 71st UN General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ms. Patricia Espinosa, will convene Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders at United Nations Headquarters in a High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS is facilitating a process to identify two civil society speakers, one social entrepreneur speaker, and stakeholders wishing to attend as observers.
Civil society and social entrepreneur speakers are to be identified through the UN-NGLS process for the following three roles:
1) High-level civil society representative for Panel Discussion on "Stocktaking on Climate - Paris Agreement ratification; Science; Gaps & Opportunities"
2) Social entrepreneur for Panel Discussion on "Implementing Solutions - Scaling up implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs"
3) Civil society respondent for Panel Discussion on "2020 as Opportunity - Achieving the 2020 SDG targets and National Determined Contribution (NDC) ambitions"
Travel funding will be available for two of the selected speakers, but not for observers.
Apply to speak or attend here:
23 February 2017 - Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
26 February 2017 - Apply for speaking roles
16 March 2017 - Apply to attend the event as an observer
UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of civil society and social entrepreneur candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the speakers for this event.
The deadline to apply for the stakeholder Selection Committee was 23 February.
All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here:
More information about the event can be found here:
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